I live in an urban environment. That’s how I like it. The countryside is great to spend time in but I wouldn’t want to live there. It’s either far too quiet or there’s too much mysterious grunting in hedgerows. Continue reading
Pick-ups, like the Isuzu D-Max Blade, are very versatile vehicles but we must not forget that they are working trucks designed to withstand a hard life shifting stuff and generally getting bashed about. In recent times however the pick-up has begun to assume some pretensions – getting above its station, as it were. Like a scheming working-class suitor at the door of royalty, this humble truck has donned a sharp suit and is trying to attract the attention of the princess. Continue reading
Unbelievably, despite all the publicity, road accident statistics show no sign of improving. It seems unbelievable that people still drink and drive and/or use phones (my personal pet hate) and technology whilst on the move. Further, I am witnessing – and I am sure you are too if you care at all about road safety – a fair number of incidences of driving that can only be described as sloppy or careless at best. Continue reading
‘Mustn’t Grumble’ is a new and occasional feature that will appear when I, rather than explode, will find it necessary to have a very British rant: No.1. The Councils
1852: “As to Corporations, Parishes, Vestry Boards and similar gatherings of jolter-headed clods who assemble to exchange such speeches that, by Heaven! they ought to be worked in quicksilver mines for the short remainder of their miserable existence… how thick skulls may become”: Mr Boythorn, Bleak House by Charles Dickens.
2016: So, not much has changed then… Continue reading
Apparently, at the C40 Conference of Mayors climate change knees-up held in Mexico City (And did you even know that there was a ‘conference of mayors’?), four of the world’s greatest cities – Paris, Madrid, Athens and Mexico City itself – have decided to ban diesel powered cars within the next decade. Expect this attitude to diesel to spread rapidly. No doubt Sadiq Khan will lay plans for London just as soon as he gets back from ‘fact-finding’ in sun-kissed Central America. Continue reading
The first examples of Clarity Fuel Cell, Honda’s most advanced zero emissions vehicle, have arrived in Europe this week. The first six vehicles will be based with customers in London and Copenhagen as part of the Hydrogen for Innovative Vehicles (HyFIVE) demonstration project, partly funded by the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCHJU). Continue reading
It will come as no surprise to any British motorist that UK drivers top the tax to road expenditure ratio. UK drivers pay almost four times as much in motoring taxes as is spent on roads according to Edmund King, the AA president, speaking in Brussels yesterday. This is the highest ratio in Europe (with the exception of Malta). Continue reading
September 2017 sees the introduction of new EU exhaust emission regulations in the wake of the VW scandal and the like. Obviously we all now know that the laboratory based emission figures for cars bear no relation to the real world. Manufacturers have been downsizing engines like mad to comply with this load of spurious baloney and have now, in some cases, got to begin up-sizing their motors to meet the challenges of legitimate and accurate emission control. Continue reading
With September 1st heralding the arrival of the 66 reg plate, the car industry is entering one of its busiest times of the year with some great new cars.
If you’re in the market for a new set of wheels, new and used car dealership Motorparks has taken a look at a trio of vehicles that will be vying for your attention in the weeks to come: Continue reading
If history (and Joni Mitchell) teaches us anything it is that we don’t know what we’ve got until it’s gone. Over time we have seen print newspaper and magazines fall to the power of the internet. More and more publications have given up the fight and gone digital and that includes motor trade periodicals. Continue reading